The Mets, backed by overall sloppy play on both the pitching side of the ball, and the defensive side and lost both games in today’s back-to-back double header.
Game 1 – Rockies Win 6-5
R.A. Dickey started today, and didn’t have a very good outing today, allowing five runs on eight hits, walking four and striking out four. Dickey still seemed to be bothered by his nail, throwing 64 of his 110 pitches for strikes. Dickey gave up a home-run to Carlos Gonzalez The Mets defense didn’t really help Dickey, taking poor routes to balls and only providing 2 runs to work with up until the eighth inning. Bobby Parnell came out, and in two-thirds of an inning what would turnout to be the winning run, allowing a home run to Troy Tulowitzki. Bobby Parnell has now allowed 2 home runs in 5 innings. He allowed one all of last year – in 35 innings. Parnell still has options, and if any minor league candidates prove apt and able, Parnell maybe be honing his craft for the Bisons.
Byrdak & Igarashi cleaned up the last two innings, with Byrdak allowing a hit in his inning striking out one, and Igarashi walking one and striking out one. The one day the bullpen doesn’t “fail” and the starter does poorly, which is a shame. Still, the Mets cannot expect to send their bullpen out for 3 innings a game and stand a chance.
The offense today consisted of an Angel Pagan sacrifice fly and a Scott Hairston RBI single up until the eighth inning. Jose Reyes reinvigorated the Mets offense with his first home run of the season. In the ninth, Scott Hairston hit a two-run homer, bringing the Mets to within one. But, as it seems the Mets do, David Wright hit a fly-ball to deep right for the third out, with the bases loaded to end the game.
The seventh inning home runs. Taking any air out of the Mets sails.
Jose Reyes, for continued strong play. 2 for 4 with a home run, run scored, stolen base and walk.
Game 2 – Rockies Win 9-4
Game 2 was similar to game one, in that the starter would struggle, and the Mets would face an insurmountable lead as well as a major bullpen day all around.
Chris Capuano came out, and although he was not lights-out, he was effective for the first five innings, only allowing runs on an RBI fielders choice and a single up the middle. Capuano was exploited in the sixth inning though, allowing a home run to Troy Tulowitzki, giving him one for each game today. After the home run, Capuano missed getting out of the inning when Brad Emaus bobbled a tailor-made double play ball and only got the force out at second. If that was the case, the Mets would’ve left the inning up 4-3. Instead, the game was tied, then took the lead, then Taylor Buchholz gave up a home-run to light-hitting Johnathan Herrera. Capuano’s final line was seven runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five and two-third innings. Bad luck today.
The bullpen got worked, as mentioned. Taylor Buccholz went one-third, giving up a run on one hit, a home run and allowing 2 inherited runners to score. Ryota Igarashi came out for the second time today, and gave up one hit and struck out one in his inning of work. Jason Isringhausen came out, and went a full inning allowing no hits and striking out two. Although it is too early to proclaim set up men, especially when we have no set-up situations, Izzy seems to be winning some points with his performance and his poise and maybe ushering himself into that position. K-Rod finished with mop up duty, allowing one run on three hits, striking out two.
By pitching K-Rod to “end a game”, it is allowing his option to come closer to vesting. Sigh.
The Mets offense came out with a bang, scoring in the second on a Mike Nickeas two-RBI double and in the fourth on a Jose Reyes two-RBI single. After that, tumbleweed and some walks, but no significant rallies.
Beltran & Davis – 0-7 with four strikeouts and a walk.
Brad Emaus flubbing the double play. It happens, but this just seems like it had to happen with the Mets recent luck.
Jose Reyes, again. 1 for 5 with 2 RBI. David Wright was of note as well, going 1 for 2 with two walks and a stolen base.
The Mets will look to recover from this skid, going to Atlanta tomorrow to begin a series against the Braves. The Braves will be sending out Derek Lowe, and the Mets are believed to be sending D.J. Carrasco to the mound, unless someone is called up from the minors last minute for a spot-start for Chris Young. Game time is 7:10 P.M.